HEARTFUL ARTS

Heartful Arts is a community arts programme that brings together international artists with communities to collaborate on large artworks together. In the process, participants make meaningful connections and expand their worldviews through creative, heartful art.

In 2017, the Jean Marc Calvert Heartful Arts tour created  a community-made mural at the Auckland City Library. Robert Young of Melbourne visited in 2018, while 2019 saw phenomenal Mexican embroidery artist Victoria Villasana visit Northland, Auckland and Wellington.

The Heartful Arts tour is an intersection of two of Splice’s key values: creativity and collaboration. The investment in bringing an international artist to New Zealand widens the perspectives of participants, brings a considerable return on investment and growth for Splice as a national organisation.

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In 2018 the featured artist for Splice Heartful Arts was Robert Young, this powerful artist makes work that celebrates his Gunnai and Waradjurie heritage. Working with a range of mediums ranging from canvas to sneaker art for Puma Young believes “young people have grown up ashamed of where we’re from, not wanting to celebrate indigenous culture and heritage. But now people from around the world are wanting to celebrate and acknowledge our culture and our identity. There’s a greater awareness of celebrating people’s uniqueness.” (New York Times, Sept. 6, 2017). The tour was a great success and many members of the public joined along the way for speaking events and painting workshops.

In 2018 the featured artist for Splice Heartful Arts was Robert Young, this powerful artist makes work that celebrates his Gunnai and Waradjurie heritage. Working with a range of mediums ranging from canvas to sneaker art for Puma Young believes “young people have grown up ashamed of where we’re from, not wanting to celebrate indigenous culture and heritage. But now people from around the world are wanting to celebrate and acknowledge our culture and our identity. There’s a greater awareness of celebrating people’s uniqueness.” (New York Times, Sept. 6, 2017). The tour was a great success and many members of the public joined along the way for speaking events and painting workshops.

Jean Marc Calvet is a French artist who toured with Heartful Art in 2017, his work is born out of an incredible metamorphosis from a life on the streets, and many years of addiction. His intricate and moving works celebrate triumph over adversity, Splice was blessed to connect with this artist and bring his outsider collection to the people of Aotearoa

Jean Marc Calvet is a French artist who toured with Heartful Art in 2017, his work is born out of an incredible metamorphosis from a life on the streets, and many years of addiction. His intricate and moving works celebrate triumph over adversity, Splice was blessed to connect with this artist and bring his outsider collection to the people of Aotearoa